Friday, December 2, 2016

The Christmas Star From Afar {Christian Alternative to Elf on the Shelf}




I know that many of you want to make special traditions for your family during Christmas time.

I do too but I always want to make sure that the true meaning of Christmas is not being lost in all the tinsel and twinkling lights.


I recently had a friend on Instagram share a picture that led me to Star From Afar.

It kind of has the same idea of Elf on the Shelf but with biblical meaning.

I had never heard of it but always thought that something like that should be available, so today I am sharing it with you in case you haven't heard of it like me!


You can watch these videos to see how it works:









It basically goes like this:
  • Set up the nativity
  • Hide the star every night
  • Once the children find the star move all Wise Men to its location
  • Read Scripture
  • Repeat
  • On Christmas Eve place star on top of the Stable
  • On Christmas Morning the three Wise Men find baby Jesus!
  • You can also add a sweet treat or surprise for memories at each location for even more fun

So easy!


I LOVE this idea and think that it would really help children learn and think through the Christmas story in such a deeper way. I hope you are blessed by it!



You can find The Christmas Star from Afar HERE.



UPDATE: Readers alerted me that they have sold out on Amazon, but you can still find them HERE!






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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Advent Fun: Teaching Our Children the True Meaning of Christmas



Today is December first and Christmas Day will be here in a blink of an eye! I certainly know that  every mom's heart has is a huge desire to keep the true meaning of the holidays in front of our families before we are quickly ushered into the season and not to getting too caught up in just the material aspect of it all--but to REALLY take the time to lovingly pass down the legacy of our Savior to our children.



If you are looking for something fun for young ones to do this year that lead up to Christmas you might want to consider Truth in Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands:




This is a practical eBook that shares planned out daily devotionals to read with the kids that are combined with doing easy crafts that reinforce what has been taught that are used as ornaments to adorn your Christmas tree! So all through the month they can look at what they made and remember the Scriptural truths as the weeks and days go by. Isn't that a blessing?



What is nice is that everyone knows how busy it can get in December--this ebook is designed to help accommodate that (it is very simple) and even offers flexibility in the lessons so that you can do it on your own schedule, choosing which crafts you'd prefer. You could even do them all in one day if you'd like! 

Here is the author explaining how it works:




(note: please turn off the music in the sidebar first)


Since I am a not-so-crafty-Mama-with-little-time, I had also bought the Truth in Tinsel Printable Ornaments in the past which is handy because if things get too busy we can just print out some premade ornaments that coincide with the days Scripture, they color it, and voila--it's done!




I am really looking forward to doing these crafts with them on my own schedule and making special memories with little hands (they won't be small forever, you know!).


WHAT'S NEW

This year they have optional printable Christmas Trees that you can put on your walls and use with the ornaments if you'd like to place them on the wall. You can get that separately or order all three things above as a bundle! And they even have the eBook in Spanish and German.




WISE WOMAN DISCOUNT CODE 

Our readers can get a 20% discount at checkout using coupon code WISEWOMAN. This is for the ebook only! Woohoo!


If you'd like to do this along with us, you can pick up a book HERE.



Don't wait--plan something extra special and fun to do with them this year!!!



















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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Wise Woman Linkup!



A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11


We would love for you to link up with us---share your posts on  building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

But first, did you notice we have started our Christmas Week of Giveaways?!

Be sure to enter below:

The Pioneer Woman Holiday Cheer Gift card Giveaway

The Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner Giveaway

Lilla Rose Giveaway



Now back to the linkup--if you do join us we only require one thing, PLEASE share the image below on your blog and link back so that others can find us and join in the fun or just simply paste and copy the code into your blog sidebar or at the bottom of the post that you shared here:



A Wise Woman Builds Her Home



You can enter below:



Stretch Your Holiday Dollars - How to Turn $15 Into $180 Worth of Christmas Gifts!




Are you looking to stretch your holiday dollars this year?

I know I am!

Sometimes it can feel like your Christmas list is growing and growing and your bank account shrinking. And then there are those of you (like me) who just don't like the long lines in the mall and stores and would prefer to just handle you shopping quickly online while staying home.

Well, have I got something extra special for you today!




How would you like to turn $15 dollars into $180 worth of Christmas gifts? You can now with The Very Merry Christmas Gift Certificate Bundle!





Here’s how it works:

For just $15 you get $180 in store credits from 12 online businesses that align with a simple, natural lifestyle.

You know those coupon books that schools and sports teams sell as fundraisers? It’s sort of like that, except that these aren’t coupons (they’re BETTER!).



You literally get $15 gift certificates to put towards whatever you like from a dozen participating stores. All you’ll pay are standard shipping rates (which varies by store).

With your bundle, you’ll be able to purchase well-made, meaningful and clutter-free gifts like:
  • ethically-sourced coffees from around the world
  • photo products including wall decor, canvas wraps, prints and albums
  • classy custom-made bags, totes and camera straps
  • eco-friendly reusable glass drinking straws
  • healing tallow skin balms and lip love
  • inspirational hand-lettered art prints
  • Kombucha bottles, supplies, and brewing kits


This year’s Very Merry Gift Certificate Bundle comes with $180 worth of gift certificates including:
















If you even use just one gift certificate, you will have covered the entire cost of this bundle! Use two and you’ve already gotten a great deal, worth twice what you paid! You can't beat that deal!

The more you use, the more you save, so you can spend less while gifting well this Christmas.

The only catch? It’s available for just 7 short days, so you need to grab yours quick (and then, get shopping)! The last day to get yours is Monday, December 5th!



You can learn more HERE.




Or go straight to the order form:







I hope that this is a blessing to you!













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Monday, November 28, 2016

My Top 10 Favorite Cyber Monday Deals!



I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend! We sure did--there was probably about 50 of us who gathered by my brother-in-laws house to enjoy some fun fellowship together. We ended up playing the Pie Face game and doing the Mannequin Challenge which I will share on my Facebook page later today. It was lots of fun!

It went by so fast and now it is Cyber Monday, so I thought I would share a few favorite deals. I hope you find something you like too!

Let's begin:

1. Instant Pot - Yes, they are all the rage now and just as popular as the crockpot since they can cook food in a fraction of the time. Right now the 6 quart is on sale for just $68.95 (originally $119.95)! Wow! And the 5 quart is just $49!









2.  Amazon is having an awesome book discount (that is rare) where you can get $10 off any book (not digital) that is listed for $25 or more! Just use the code HOLIDAYBOOK.


Readers are leaders! So head over and pick up your favorite books!



3. Dayspring - is having a site wide sale of 35% off with code MONDAY15 and don't forget that they are also offering clearance items for just $5, like these mugs journals, Scripture coloring books and wall art. 









4.  Lilla Rose - Uo to 60% off and free shipping on orders $75+ and free gift with order of over $100!





5. Zulily - This has got to be one of my favorite stores--I love that they have everything for the family and home! Right now they have deals for men, women, children and home for up to 85% off! They even have a deal for drones and Star Wars items!








6. Jane - Ther are so many wonderful things at Jane too--some of their deals start as low at $3.99!








7. Pick Your Plum - they have amazing deals (some start as low as $2.99!)  so be sure to check them out too!






8.  Kitchen Aid Mixer 6 Quart - This is now just 219.95 and was originally $549.99!



9. Beautiful Word Coloring Bible - this has finally gone on sale and is now $25.99 originally $39.99! You might even be able to use the $10 coupon mentioned above (so be sure to read all the details) and get it for $15.99.




10. American Girl Mni Doll and Books - Right now you can find these discounted for select dolls, and you are able to use the Amazon coupon for $10 (mentioned above to save even more!)





EXTRA HOT TIP:

FLIRTY APRONS - Is having 50% off sitewide and free shipping using code CYBER50!





EXTRA SUPER HOT TIP :  Wise Woman Christmas Gift Guide - If you can't find what you are looking for, shop the deals in our guide and support small businesses (several are Christian). There are special discounts listed there just for our readers!












What are some of your favorite Cyber Monday deals?

Share in the comments below!








Enjoy!








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Friday, November 25, 2016

BLACK FRIDAY 4 Day Sale: Lilla Rose Up to 60% Off, Free Shipping, Giveaway and More!

It's Black Friday! I know that some of you love going out and getting the great deals but many of you just love staying at home and not missing the deals you can get online. So today I wanted to share some deals with you!

Let's start out first with one of my favorites--Lilla Rose!




They are offering 20-60% off everything and FREE shipping on orders $75+!






If you order more than $100 you get a FREE Zipper pouch and Holiday Bobby Set!





We are also having a surprise Lilla Rose Giveaway so enter below to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway



You can find the Black Friday sale HERE!











More Black Friday Deals!

We love find great deals for the holidays and wanted to make sure we were sharing them with you too! We also especially love finding them in the comfort of our home and saving time! Earlier this morning we shared the BIG Lilla Rose sale and giveaway and here are a few more:







Cents of Style is having a sale on these cute Choose Joy, Choose Hope shirts and if you use code BACKINBLACK16 you can deals like this cute beanie below. 










Tons of  Fitbits are  on sale right now at great discounts! 









All New Fire HD Tablet just $59.99.



Kindle Fire 7 inch just $33.33.













Instapot 6 Quart just $68.95 (original $129.99)!







Dayspring - 30% off storewide and  FREE shipping on orders over $50.






Toys under $5 over at Zulily!









Happy Black Friday Shopping!